“I tried not to think about it, but it's pretty hard not to. My standard line right now is Junior [Ken Griffey Jr.] was in a hot tub the entire day not worrying about anything because he knew he was going to get in. It's the other guys that were struggling.
“But it's all good. Things turned out well. We'll see what happens. Nothing is guaranteed, but I'm hopeful that next year will be my time and I'll be prepared for that kind of day, just trying to wait around and see.”
Bagwell’s longtime Astros teammate Craig Biggio made it into the Hall last year after falling just short in 2013 and 2014, knows what Bagwell is going through. As he said to McTaggart:
“I obviously feel his pain a little bit,” Biggio said. “I was hoping his name was going to get called, and they said he was 15 votes shy, and obviously we were two votes shy that one year. I feel for him. He's absolutely a Hall of Famer and hopefully next year is the magical year.”
Throughout his 15-year career, which was spent entirely with the Astros after being traded by the Boston Red Sox as a prospect, Bagwell hit 449 home runs with 1,529 RBI, won the 1991 NL Rookie of the Year and 1994 NL MVP awards and posted a 79.6 WAR (per baseball-reference.com) before retiring after the 2005 season.